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The reason Sinead O'Conner tore up that photo all those years ago,....

Posted by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 6:24 AM
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By Sinead O'Connor

Sunday, March 28, 2010

When I was a child, Ireland was a Catholic theocracy. If a bishop came walking down the street, people would move to make a path for him. If a bishop attended a national sporting event, the team would kneel to kiss his ring. If someone made a mistake, instead of saying, "Nobody's perfect," we said, "Ah sure, it could happen to a bishop."


The expression was more accurate than we knew. This month, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter of apology -- of sorts -- to Ireland to atone for decades of sexual abuse of minors by priests whom those children were supposed to trust. To many people in my homeland, the pope's letter is an insult not only to our intelligence, but to our faith and to our country. To understand why, one must realize that we Irish endured a brutal brand of Catholicism that revolved around the humiliation of children.

I experienced this personally. When I was a young girl, my mother -- an abusive, less-than-perfect parent -- encouraged me to shoplift. After being caught once too often, I spent 18 months in An Grianán Training Centre, an institution in Dublin for girls with behavioral problems, at the recommendation of a social worker. An Grianán was one of the now-infamous church-sponsored "Magdalene laundries," which housed pregnant teenagers and uncooperative young women. We worked in the basement, washing priests' clothes in sinks with cold water and bars of soap. We studied math and typing. We had limited contact with our families. We earned no wages. One of the nuns, at least, was kind to me and gave me my first guitar.


The expression was more accurate than we knew. This month, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter of apology -- of sorts -- to Ireland to atone for decades of sexual abuse of minors by priests whom those children were supposed to trust. To many people in my homeland, the pope's letter is an insult not only to our intelligence, but to our faith and to our country. To understand why, one must realize that we Irish endured a brutal brand of Catholicism that revolved around the humiliation of children.

I experienced this personally. When I was a young girl, my mother -- an abusive, less-than-perfect parent -- encouraged me to shoplift. After being caught once too often, I spent 18 months in An Grianán Training Centre, an institution in Dublin for girls with behavioral problems, at the recommendation of a social worker. An Grianán was one of the now-infamous church-sponsored "Magdalene laundries," which housed pregnant teenagers and uncooperative young women. We worked in the basement, washing priests' clothes in sinks with cold water and bars of soap. We studied math and typing. We had limited contact with our families. We earned no wages. One of the nuns, at least, was kind to me and gave me my first guitar.

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Trollslayer
by Terica on Feb. 17, 2013 at 6:25 AM

There is more here..

Peanutx3
by Silver Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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I read this on your facebook.  What a horrible experience.  I have to wonder why the Catholic Church hasn't issued an apology yet.

Raintree
by Silver Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

She's an amazing person. Thanks for posting.

Trollslayer
by Terica on Feb. 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM


Quoting Peanutx3:

I read this on your facebook.  What a horrible experience.  I have to wonder why the Catholic Church hasn't issued an apology yet.

They released a generic apology, I am not sure if it was with the first or second link. Typical of the  Catholic Church. 

Trollslayer
by Terica on Feb. 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM


Quoting Raintree:

She's an amazing person. Thanks for posting.

I think she is too....

Clairwil
by Gold Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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Quoting Raintree:

She's an amazing person.


romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Feb. 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM
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She was so villified after that performance, I wish she had taken that time, when people were paying attention, to say WHY she did it.

I'm glad she said it now.

It is always good to hear of non-American issues with the Church, in large part becase we tend to be very America-centric with regard to our attention and care on issues.

The Church has problems in many areas.  I think the call to require humans to deny their sexuality, if they are priests, if they are gay, if they are not married, etc., is a great cause of the troubles in the Church.  They ask those who believe to deny a very essential part of their humanness.

Trollslayer
by Terica on Feb. 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM


Quoting romalove:

She was so villified after that performance, I wish she had taken that time, when people were paying attention, to say WHY she did it.

I'm glad she said it now.

It is always good to hear of non-American issues with the Church, in large part becase we tend to be very America-centric with regard to our attention and care on issues.

The Church has problems in many areas.  I think the call to require humans to deny their sexuality, if they are priests, if they are gay, if they are not married, etc., is a great cause of the troubles in the Church.  They ask those who believe to deny a very essential part of their humanness.

It is always good to hear of non-American issues with the Church, in large part becase we tend to be very America-centric with regard to our attention and care on issues.

I think it is fantastic to hear non-American issues with the 'church'!
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